Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley is directly, and without hesitation, saying that a much larger 500-ship U.S. Navy will be necessary to contain Chinese anti-Western expansionist ambitions.
The US Navy needs to have a much larger fleet, if we’re serious about great power competition and deterring great power war, and if we’re serious about dominant capability over something like China or some other power that has significant capability.
To achieve the Pentagon’s stated 500-warship fleet goal within the next twenty-five years, Milley explained the goal as an “aim point” quite necessary in light of Chinese military growth. China poses a “longer term”, almost existential challenge.
In addition, Beijing is also adding new carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships and drones at an alarming rate, a reality now generating massive attention at the Pentagon.
Part of the move to pursue a 500-warship fleet rests upon the hope for as many as 140 to 250 unmanned drone vessels.
When large numbers of drone ships are factored into the equation, the possibility of building a 500-warship Navy seems somewhat more attainable, given that the drone warships will operate in many different shapes, sizes and form factors.
Also, many of them can be similar and therefore easier to produce. Furthermore, they could greatly fortify the Navy’s “Mother-ship” strategy which calls for large platform manned warships to operate large numbers of interconnected drones.
In the changing battle environment, air, land and sea forces will need to be small, widely distributed and difficult to detect while remaining movable and highly lethal using long-range precision, directed fire mechanisms.
Modern warfare changes the equation in a radical way, removing the likelihood of traditional, more linear force-on-force engagement limited to a narrow or clearly defined geographical area.
No longer will a fleet of battleships or a carrier strike group simply target a geographical region for targeted attacks, thanks to DonFeng missile technology.
National Interest / ABC Flash=Point WW III News 2021.